Sewerage and Drainage Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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State government-owned business enterprises account for nearly all the industry's operations due to the high capital costs required to develop sewerage collection pipe network and sewage treatment plants. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Sewerage and Drainage Services industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Private enterprises have a low presence across the industry due to high government involvement

Traditionally, only the government has been involved in the Sewerage and Drainage Services industry operations in Australia, resulting in private enterprises having a low presence across the industry. However, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday “some sewerage authorities have outsourced some industry functions." For example, SA Water has a joint venture with French-based Suez Environnement to operate its sewerage network, while other organisations engage the private sector for other administrative and consultancy work.

There are about 366 establishments and 191 enterprises operating in the Sewerage and Drainage Services industry. “These have declined in the five years through 2012-13 as local authorities have merged and combined operations,” says Allday. An example of this is the creation of Queensland Urban Utilities in July 2010, which combined water and sewerage authorities in Brisbane, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset Regional Councils into a single entity. The four major participants in this industry are estimated to account for less than half of industry revenue in 2012-13. As a result, industry concentration is at a medium level. Despite this overall moderate concentration level, the industry is highly concentrated at a state level. Often only a relatively small number of government-owned organisations account for the great bulk of operations in particular states. This structure reflects high levels of urbanisation and the resulting need to remove and process effluent. The future industry concentration level is forecast to remain at a similar level as there are expected to be few mergers in the next five years, and limited growth across the largest players compared to the industry total.

Growth in revenue in the Sewerage and Drainage Services industry is expected to be at a slightly higher rate than population growth during the next five years through 2017-18, reflecting the higher prices for services needed to fund sewerage network maintenance and new investment.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Sewerage and Drainage Services report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Firms in this industry operate sewerage systems, drainage systems and sewage treatment plants.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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